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Bill & Ted Are Back in the Phone Booth in Face the Music First Look Set Photos

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Bill & Ted Are Back in the Phone Booth in Face the Music First Look Set Photos
It's really happening. Bill & Ted Face the Music is currently shooting and today we have a look at quite a few set photos. We get to see both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves back inside their time traveling phone booth as Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted 'Theodore' Logan. There are also some surprises along the way.

Perhaps Bill and Ted have traveled back to 1968. We see them using the circuits of time in their latest adventure, and who should show up but Jimi Hendrix. We also get our first look at Thea and Billie, Bill & Ted's daughters who join them on this most excellent adventure, as played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine. They both appear to have their dad's sense of style.

Ted is back to wearing his old Chuck Taylor's in these latest images. Both Bill & Ted wore the classic gym shoe in Excellent Adventure, before trading
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Friday Man says its action, thrills and more this Friday

Your friend from the movies is back with the list of attractions this week. A thriller presented by Anurag Kashyap ? Game Over, Men In Black 4th installment ?Mein In Black: International, and 3D computer-animated comedy - The Secret Life Of Pets 2.

Game Over

Game Over is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual thriller drama dubbed in Hindi starring Taapsee Pannu. Written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan, the movie is presented by Anurag Kashyap and produced jointly by Y Not Studios and Reliance Entertainment.

Major Highlights

Taapsee Pannu after the solid success of Badla is again at the helm of affairs. The actress returns to Telugu cinema. Yes, of course ? Anurag Kashyap presenting a ?thriller?.

Review of Game Over South Movie?

Men In Black: International

Men in Black: International or say Mib: International is the fourth edition of the ?American science fiction action comedy film Mib. Directed by F. Gary Gray and written
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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Feels More Like a Cat Nap Than Catnip

Chicago – As a pet owner, I know firsthand that I want an exciting life for my guinea pigs. When I’m off at work, I’d like to think that they throw parties or have some sort of hangouts with other guinea pigs or pets in the area. The alternative being the sad realization that they are stuck in their cage while I’m away, probably bored out of their little minds. “The Secret Life of Pets” franchise continues to brings the fantasy to life, even if the sequel feels too tame.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Let’s get back to the important part: the totally healthy fantasy social life I’ve created for my guinea pigs. Whenever I’m gone I like to imagine they are having fun (mis)adventures that may or may not include acts of superheroism or even crimes. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” continues to scratch that itch,
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‘Secret Life of Pets’ Screenwriter Brian Lynch Looks Back on His Journey Into Animated Film

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If family animation often struggles to earn respect in the film industry, and screenwriters often struggle to get respect in film’s creative hierarchy, then where does that leave a screenwriter who specializes in family animation? In the case of Brian Lynch, the answer is this: thriving, and contributing to films that have accumulated more than a billion dollars at the box office.

Over the past decade, Lynch has become a go-to screenwriter for a slew of Illumination’s biggest animated kidpics, from “Hop” to “Minions” (follow-up “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is on tap for 2020) to “The Secret Life of Pets,” with “The Secret Life of Pets 2″ having topped last weekend’s box office. But Lynch’s evolution into an all-around children’s scribe wasn’t something he could have predicted.

“Other than the Muppets, I really didn’t watch many kids’ movies as a child,” Lynch says.
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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Falling Short of Weekend Estimates With Under $40 Million

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Box Office: ‘Dark Phoenix’ Falling Short of Weekend Estimates With Under $40 Million
It looks like Disney’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” won’t be rising from the ashes anytime soon.

According to Friday’s early estimates, the 12th and final installment in the Marvel-owned franchise is heading for a disappointing $37.7 million opening weekend, after a lackluster Friday showing. Originally, Disney estimated a start between $40 million and $50 million which would have already ranked the film as one of the franchise’s lowest openings.

Also opening this weekend is Universal-Illumination’s “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which should pull around $48.5 million following $17 million in Friday grosses. The numbers are close to early predictions for the film, which estimated a $50 million to $55 million opening. However, it will likely fall short of its predecessor, which opened to a surprise $104 million its opening weekend and holds the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film.

Dark Phoenix” is the first X-Men film to be distributed
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The Secret Life of Pets 2 Review: Snowball Steals a Hilarious Sequel

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Review: Snowball Steals a Hilarious Sequel
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is that rare sequel that's actually funnier than the original. The short runtime is loaded with pet adventures and hijinks. I was quite surprised by the level of plot detail in a film meant for younger children. Three separate storylines weave together for a hilarious, heartfelt conclusion. Returning director Chris Renaud and writer Brian Lynch push the throttle forward with great success. The result is a highly entertaining film with multiple memorable characters.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 picks up with Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) getting a new housemate. In a sweet montage, their owner meets a goofy boyfriend, gets married, and pregnant in short order. Soon baby Liam is crawling around the apartment. At first the kid is an annoyance, but Max falls in love with the tyke and becomes insanely overprotective. Meanwhile, Snowball (Kevin Hart), the fluffy white bunny,
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2′: Same Ol’ Dogs, No New Tricks

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2′: Same Ol’ Dogs, No New Tricks
Sad to say, the bloom is off the rose. The first The Secret Life of Pets in 2016 was an animated fluff-ball that hit on a fresh premise: What do our pets do when we close the door and leave them behind? The sequel covers pretty much the same territory. The big difference being that the critters leave New York City for a trip to the farm. Their instinct for mischief stays the same, yet you feel the pall of repetition. Not enough to completely spoil the party, but you get the idea.
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Fun Family Movie That’s Better Than the Original

The Secret Life of Pets 2 has made a number of interesting changes since the first film's debut back in 2016. Notably, Patton Oswalt has replaced the problematic Louis C.K. as the voice of the lead pup Max; the rest of the cast remains intact with some new A+ additions like Tiffany Haddish and Harrison Ford. Less obvious is the fact that writer Brian Lynch tackled screenwriting duties as a solo venture instead of opting for a team this time around. Co-director and veteran Illumination animation director Jonathan del Val steps in to assist returning director Chris …
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: Enjoyable Fluff Better Suited for Television

Illumination missed the boat on The Secret Life of Pets because the way they’ve told these stories thus far make them a lot more conducive to television than cinema. If that first film’s sprawling character list devolving into wild schemes and pratfalls barely adhering to the flimsy plot beneath wasn’t enough to prove it, composing The Secret Life of Pets 2 into three very disparate subplots forced together at the climax is. Moving to a long-form narrative format would supply breathing room to focus on one or two animals at a time while the others exist tangentially in the background until their episode arrives. We could follow Max (Patton Oswalt replacing persona non grata Louis C.K.) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) one week and Gidget (Jenny Slate) the next.

You wouldn’t have to pretend everyone’s motivations align in contrived and often ludicrous ways simply because each
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“The Secret Life Of Pets 2” Shortchanges Our Furry Friends

There’s an unfortunate imbalance to be found within The Secret Life of Pets 2. Last time, the ingenious concept of what our animal companions do when we’re not around was done to decent effect, creating an animal take on the Toy Story plot. Nothing on the level of Pixar, but still cute and fun. Here, the scales are tilted in the wrong direction. Far too much of this film, which admittedly is aimed at children, opts to be silly nonsense just meant to divert young eyes. The potential of the first movie is mostly abandoned. One aspect here is handled well, but the rest is disappointing and trying for an adult to sit through. Consider me very much let down. The film is a sequel, of course, to The Secret Life of Pets. Again, we follow along with the adventures of various animals while their owners are out and about.
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“It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day” In Toe-Tapping Music Video For The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Featuring Aminé And LunchMoney Lewis

(from left) Chloe (Lake Bell), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Buddy (Hannibal Buress) and Mel (Bobby Moynihan) in Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” directed by Chris Renaud.

It’s gonna be a lovely day!

This super cute video will put a smile on your face – for sure – and get your shoulders rockin’!

Watch the “It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day” lyric video for The Secret Life Of Pets 2 and then listen to the soundtrack, available now.

Opens in theaters this Friday.

Get tickets today!

Illumination’s tenth feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them,
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening of The Secret Life Of Pets 2

Illumination’s tenth feature, The Secret Life Of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The film opens in theaters on June 7.

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey,
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Second Opinion – The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

The Secret Life of Pets 2, 2019.

Directed by Chris Renaud.

Featuring the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, and Nick Kroll.

Synopsis:

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

Despite arguably proving to be the most anodyne offering from Illumination Entertainment to date, 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets succeeded to the tune of $875 million worldwide, ensuring that a sequel would be loaded onto the animation house’s ruthlessly efficient, mid-budget conveyor belt as soon as possible.

And so, we have The Secret Life of Pets 2, a sequel that’s certainly no worse than its predecessor, but also not much better, and basically just as forgettable.

The story begins with
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Film Review: Cartoon Offers Outdated Messages About Marriage, Manliness

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Film Review: Cartoon Offers Outdated Messages About Marriage, Manliness
Milking human’s collective affection for our furry and feathered pals, the original “The Secret Life of Pets” imposed the “Toy Story” formula on animals living in New York City in order to show us what they do when we are not looking. That first feature in what is now a franchise, directed by Chris Renaud and written by Brian Lynch, was generally mediocre but succeeded at introducing an odd group of characters with peoplelike personalities, rendered mildly humorous in the context of the pet realm. In other words, it was fine.

The Secret Life of Pets 2,” on the other hand, for which both Renaud and Lynch reprise their roles, effectively acts as an animated ode to heteronormativity, toxic masculinity and patriarchal worldviews, passed off as harmless plot points to entertain young audiences.

In truth, there’s a thin line between the qualities the film attributes to its protagonists solely because they are animals,
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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’
Illumination’s “The Secret Life Of Pets” films do something the “Despicable Me” studio’s other offerings have yet to accomplish: They allow younger audiences to explore their feelings about new life experiences in a silly, lighthearted way through the travails of adorable animated animals. Despite being an overly loud and caustic clone of “Toy Story,” the first feature showed its target market that it’s perfectly okay to be frustrated about a new sibling joining the family. It gave kids and parents the fundamental tools to work through their difficulties, all with a healthy dose of slapstick.

Director Chris Renaud’s followup, “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” similarly spotlights the trepidation surrounding the arrival of a child. Only now, Renaud and returning screenwriter Brian Lynch deliver a lesson for the parents in the audience. Even though it poaches some themes and narrative structure from yet another Pixar classic
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash
There are, somehow, three entire plotlines that drive Chris Renaud’s fizzy, frequently silly “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” a worthy if slightly less delightful sequel to the director’s 2016 animated hit. First, there’s the life-lesson-heavy story that centers around ostensible franchise star Max as he deals with crippling anxiety after a major life change. Then, there’s the wacky tale of Max’s love interest (go with it), bubbly Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), tasked with caring for Max’s cherished toy while he embarks on a trip, only to lose it in a terrifying apartment filled with cats.

So far, so cute, but there’s the third story: Bonzo bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart), believing he is an actual superhero, joins forces with newbie Shih Tzu Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) to save an abused white tiger cub from a very, very evil circus. For a franchise that’s literally
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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer

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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Identical Strangers” is moving ahead, Skeet Ulrich has been cast with Tom Hanks, the “Minions” sequel has been titled and “Vegas Dave” is getting a movie.

McCarten Attached

Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write and produce the feature adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”

Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced the project last year, based on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. McCarten was nominated for an Academy Award for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything” and producing “Darkest Hour.”

Raw’s original documentary feature “Three Identical Strangers” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It grossed over $12 million at the Us box office and won the DGA Award for Documentary.

McCarten
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Minions 2: The Rise of Gru Is Officially Coming in Summer 2020

Illumination Entertainment has revealed the official title for Minions 2, the follow-up to the 2015 prequel to the very popular Despicable Me franchise. The studio has confirmed that the sequel will be called Minions: The Rise of Gru and they've also reaffirmed that the animated flick will debut in theaters next summer. So, like it or not, we've got some more Minion-centric action coming our way. Plan accordingly.

Per an announcement from Universal and Illumination, Minions 2 will hit theaters on July 3, 2020. That puts it right in the middle of the very coveted Fourth of July weekend, which is generally seen as one of the best weeks of the year for movie studios to drop a major tentpole movie. On that date, it will be competing directly with the upcoming Ryan Reynolds action/comedy Free Guy, which recently kicked off production. Even though Reynolds is a big name, this is a franchise that
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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening
Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is heading for a North American opening of as much as $65 million during the June 7-9 frame, topping Disney-Fox’s “Dark Phoenix” at about $50 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

The Secret Life of Pets” opened in 2016 with $104.3 million domestically and wound up with $368.3 million in North America and $875 million worldwide.

The voice cast of the Illumination film includes returnees Kevin Hart as Snowball, Chloe the tabby cat (Lake Bell) and Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate), as well as newcomers Daisy the Shih Tzu (Tiffany Haddish) and Rooster the sheepdog (Harrison Ford). Patton Oswalt replaces original star Louis C.K. as Max. Chris Renaud returns as the director, along with screenwriter Brian Lynch.

An opening in the expected range will makes “The Secret Life of Pets 2” one of the highest grossing animated openings since Illumination’s own “Dr. Suess’ The Grinch” with $67.6 million.
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All Hail The Pomeranian “Queen Gidget” In The Hilarious New Trailer For The Secret Life Of Pets 2

Poms rule! “All Hail the Queen!”

Heading to theaters on June 7 is The Secret Life Of Pets 2. The sequel will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

See the movie two weeks early — on May 25th — exclusively through Fandango. Get tickets now: http://fandango.com/pets2

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety.

Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster, who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.
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